Everyone's different and there are many words to describe people - some nice and some not so nice! Here's some vocabulary you can use:
Intelligent: Brainy, Genius, Clever, Bright, Know-it-all (noun), Gifted
- Brian thought he was a genius after he completed the Sunday Crossword.
- My friend at English class always gets every question correct - she's such a know-it-all.
Stupid: Thick, Crazy, Silly, Idiot (noun), Dumb
- "Shut up you dumb idiot!" My teacher yelled when I got the question wrong.
- Some people think that blonde women are a bit stupid.
Funny: Witty, Hilarious, Humorous, Amusing, Comical, Droll
- When James gets drunk he thinks he's hilarious.
- I watched 'The American Office' the other day - Steve Carrell is very amusing.
Dull: Dry, Tedious, Boring, Dreary, Unexciting, Uninteresting
- I really like Bob, but, he's a bit dreary.
- That man is the dullest and most tedious person I have ever met!
Confident: Outgoing, Extroverted, Sure, Certain
- The salesman was very extroverted, and a little pushy.
- Albert became a very sure and certain person after he won his Nobel prize.
Shy: Timid, Reserved, Introverted, Bashful, Inhibited, Withdrawn
- After Albert had his Nobel Prize taken away for copying most of his research from Wikipedia, he became very introverted.
- Sheila's very shy - until she's drunk!
Friendly: Welcoming, Affable, Sociable, Pleasant, Extroverted, Gracious
- The barman was very welcoming towards us, until I told him I don't drink.
- Politicians like to come across as very gracious and pleasant people.
Unfriendly: Mean, Surly, Aloof, Distant, Cold, Frosty
- My Dad was very cold towards my sister's new boyfriend.
- I didn't like him at all. He came across as very aloof.
Hardworking: Diligent, Determined, Meticulous, Thorough
- I like my new colleague; he's very hardworking and careful in his work.
- I hope that our new Health and Safety officer is diligent - three people have died here in the last month!
Lazy: Idle, Sluggish, Slothful, Indolent
- "Fire him," my boss said, "he's too lazy."
- I went into work the other day when I was very hungover. I was a bit sluggish.
Arrogant: Vain, Big-headed, Conceited, Egotistical, Proud, Overconfident
- Apparently Victora Beckham is very conceited.
- Colonel Gaddafi is a cruel and arrogant man.
Humble: Modest, Unassuming, Meek
- After he lost his job twice he became very humble about his abilities.
- I don't think I'm a modest person. In fact, I think I'm amazing.
Cheerful: Optimistic, Happy, Positive, Cheery, Jolly, Fun
- Santa Claus is always so jolly. I wish I could always be that happy.
- I like to be optimistic. My glass is always half full.
Moody: Pessimistic, Unhappy, Grumpy, Glum, Negative, Irritable
- He went to bed late, so he's been really irritable all day.
- I've been a bit glum, as I didn't get the job.
Honest: Truthful, Reliable, Sincere, Frank, Candid, Trustworthy
- The man was very truthful. He gave me my wallet back when I fell over and dropped it in the bar.
- She told me she would ring me back and she did. She's a very reliable person.
Deceitful: Unreliable, Lying, Dishonest, Devious, Untrustworthy
- The devious crook conned me out of $100!
- My ex-girlfriend is very deceitful. I would never trust her again.
How would you describe…
- your mother-in-law?
- your dream date?
- your children?
- your lover?
- your boss?
- your teacher?
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